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Mosaics with Slate

Suitable for all, join Rachel Davies for a fun artistic week and create up to two pieces of mosaic art. Rachel will guide you through the process of making a mosaic with a focus on using slate as the main material. The holidays will cover all aspects of mosaic making including

  • Selection and preparation of materials
  • Choosing appropriate adhesives and substrates
  • Composition and design
  • Cutting and laying techniques to create textured effects.

You will focus on building confidence in cutting and laying techniques by creating sample boards before creating up to two pieces of mosaic art using the skills and techniques learned. The course will be supplemented with presentations on different aspects of mosaic making, illustrated with examples of modern mosaic art as a source of inspiration.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2023

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

March 19th to 24th 2023
August 27th to September 1st 2023

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

The four days will be loosely themed as follows:


  • Introduction to working with slate. 
  • Cutting and preparation techniques
  • Start working on sample boards


  • Finish working on sample boards
  • Presentation on design and composition in mosaic
  • Start designing and working on first piece of mosaic art


  • Continue working on first piece of mosaic art
  • Start designing and working on second piece of mosaic art


  • Finish working on second piece of mosaic art.
  • Sharing of work and lessons learned
  • Summary and conclusions

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Rachel Davies
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

All tools and materials required will be provided by your tutor.

Creating mosaics with slate can be messy so participants are advised to wear older clothes that may be subject to wear and tear and/or bring an apron.

Tutor Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is a mosaic artist and professional member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic. She uses slate, stone and glass to create highly textural pieces of mosaic art. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries both in Scotland and other parts of the UK.
She teaches regularly from her Dunblane studio and has also taught classes across the UK and in the USA.

For more information about Rachel please visit her website, Instagram and Facebook.



  • ”Rachel delivered a fabulous workshop. Very clear and comprehensive instructions. Loads of materials to choose from. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be back for more.”
  • ”Great workshop with Rachel, who was very welcoming and generous with her teaching and sharing of ideas. Great choice of materials and support when needed. Rachel was very attentive to everyone and I will certainly go back for another workshop.”
  • ”Rachel is a great teacher – and gets all the points over in a relaxed & enjoyable manner. Great fun and very therapeutic.”
  • ”A really enjoyable workshop and a great introduction to both working with slate and mosaic making. Rachel explains the techniques well in a friendly and informative manner. She’s a mine of information and has a wonderful range of materials to work with. I can’t believe how quickly the time passed and it was great to come away with a finished piece of work.”
  • ”Rachel is a patient and encouraging teacher.  She gave comprehensive information regarding material and method and helped when needed.  It was a super working atmosphere. I came from Germany to attend this workshop and I’m happy that I did it.”

Testimonials taken from Craft Courses.

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